Evan Cornish Foundation: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The U.K.-based Cornish Foundation focuses its human rights grantmaking on supporting victims of violations, empowering people to fight for their own rights, combating violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, women’s rights, and gender equality.

IP TAKE: There may be some extra hoops for grantseekers to jump through before they can get their hands on a Cornish grant. The first being that they must have a registered U.K. office to be eligible for funding.

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Evan Cornish Foundation was founded by its namesake's late wife Ethel and their daughters. Trustees now operate the foundation in Evan and Ethel Cornish’s honor. This U.K.-based funder supports human rights work for groups working in the U.K. and abroad.

The foundation backs a variety of human rights work including supporting victims of violations, empowering people to fight for their own rights, and combatting violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Cornish Foundation also awards grants from women’s rights and gender equality.

Cornish Foundation grants are limited to £5,000 and applicants must have registered UK office to be eligible for funding. In the past, grants have been awarded to organizations such as Global Witness, Amnesty International, and Peace Brigades International. To learn more about the types of rights groups backed by Cornish, explore its Organizations Supported page.

Organizations working outside of the UK must apply to the foundation’s Overseas program. It should be noted that the foundation often applies specific areas of focus pertaining to each grant round.

The foundation generally accepts unsolicited requests for funding between November and December each year, with funding decisions made around February or March. These dates are subject to change, so grantseekers should check the foundation’s website regularly to stay abreast of any changes.

PEOPLE:

  • Rachel Cornish, Trustee
  • Barbara Ward, Trustee
  • Sally Cornish, Trustee
  • Nat Loftus, Charity Administrator

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